You may not realize it, but our skin is the largest organ in the body, and it is exceptionally important to our well-being. Not only does our skin provide us with our diverse looks, but it also helps us stay healthy and safe. When it comes to our skin, many people believe that maintenance is only on the surface level, and we often leave care to sunscreens and lotions, but healthy skin needs so much more than that.

In reality, having the strongest, cleanest, and most productive skin may require an overhaul of our current lifestyle, with changes to how we eat, drink, and work. In this guide, we will share some great skin solutions and natural care tips that will give you a healthier appearance and help you feel better overall.

1. Understand the Skin...

The most important tip is to understand the skin and why it is so important to keep it in tip-top shape. Our skin is made up of three layers: the epidermis, dermis, and subcutis. Active skincare will keep all of these layers strong and working together to keep our bodies healthy and protective against threats.

More than just a part of your appearance, your skin is a defense against heat, bugs, toxins, and UV radiation, plus it gives us the sense of touch that provides us with pleasurable stimulation and helps us fully feel and understand the world around us. All things considered, our skin is the most important part of the body, so proper care is essential.

2. ...And Why Skincare is Essential

When we don’t care for our skin, we are creating the potential for more danger than just possible skin cancer. Our skin also supplies us with the vitamin D we need to fight off other conditions, including osteoporosis, obesity, and neurological diseases. Plus, when we cut ourselves or are otherwise wounded, healthy skin tends to heal faster. If you don’t care for your skin, a relatively minor cut or bruise could become much worse.

3. Avoid Unnatural Skincare

We talk about holistic skincare because it involves natural methods of caring for our bodies without the risk of dangerous chemicals. While most skin lotions are generally harmless, you should read the ingredients label as some components can be dangerous in more ways than one.

For instance, many lotions include phenoxyethanol, which can be irritating to the skin and cause allergic reactions. Another chemical to watch for is methylisothiazolinone, which can lead to nerve damage. Even mineral oil, when used to excess, can disrupt the hormone balance in the body.

4. Be Careful With Cell Phones

You may not realize it, but cell phones can be very dangerous for our skin, so caution is necessary, especially if you use your mobile device often. The issue is that whether you like it or not, your cell phone is very dirty. When we set down our phones on tables, floors, and chairs then pick them up, we are collecting thousands of pieces of bacteria. Once we make contact with our face, that bacteria hits the skin, clogs our pores, and the germs make us sick.

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On top of that, cell phones and cases are also made up of portions of nickel and chromium, which often contribute to skin allergies. That is not to mention the fact that looking down at our phones all the time can impact the skin on our necks, which can lead to crepey skin. If it is necessary to use your phone all day, make sure to clean your skin regularly and use Bluetooth and earbuds whenever possible for hands-free communication.

5. Drink Lots of Water

If you don’t already, then it is highly recommended that you drink your eight 8 oz glasses per day. Drinking water can help with your workouts, make you less hungry, and give you more energy. Plus, since our skin is mostly water, drinking fluids will provide the raw materials necessary to shed old skin cells and create new ones.

On the topic of drinking, it is important to remember to consume alcohol in moderation. Alcoholic beverages dry out the skin and lead to wrinkles, redness, and even acne.

6. Diet is Key

When it comes to skin health, it is not only about what you drink but what you eat as well. You need the right food in your body because good meals add the necessary nutrients to your skin that help it thrive. For instance, eating fish supplies you with healthy omega-3s, and nuts and seeds, including almonds, provide your body with antioxidants that help with skin growth.

Fried foods and sugars should be consumed in moderation. While they are tasty, they can make your skin oily or cause it to become inflamed, and you don’t want to add that stress to your skin.

7. Watch Vein Health

It is important to pay attention to your skin and seek help when you see irregularities. One of the more common conditions across people of all ages is the appearance of varicose veins, which are typically caused by increased blood pressure and weakened blood valves. If not treated, this issue can impact your skin by causing it to become inflamed, which can lead to pain when sitting down for long periods at a time. It is recommended that you visit a doctor to assess the situation and provide solutions.

To decrease varicose veins naturally, you can wear compression stockings, keep your legs elevated whenever possible, and get plenty of exercise so the blood moves through your body and doesn’t settle in one place.

We all love getting compliments on our beautiful skin, so ensure the healthiest epidermis you can with these holistic tips.

This article has been republished from Out & About Nashville, and was part of a series of first-person pieces written by the late Bobbi Williams.

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